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26 Nov 2018 | 08:41 AM UTC

Taiwan: No damage following Nov. 26 5.7-magnitude earthquake

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

No damage, casualties, or tsunami warning following 5.7-magnitude earthquake November 26; aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Taipei). COUNTRY/REGION Taiwan, Hong Kong

Event

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit the western coast of Taiwan on Monday, November 26, around 08:00 (local time) at a depth of 13 km (8 mi), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was recorded at 102 km (63 mi) west of Ma-kung. Tremors were reportedly also felt in Hong Kong. No damage or casualties have been reported and no tsunami warnings are in effect. Aftershocks are possible in both countries.

Context

Taiwan is prone to regular earthquakes. In February 2018, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Hualien, killing 17 people.

Advice

Individuals in affected areas are advised to adhere to any instructions or advice issued by the local authorities and anticipate aftershocks.

In the event of an earthquake, take shelter under a table or crouched in a corner (away from exterior walls) if indoors and protect your head with your arms. If outdoors, move away from buildings and other tall structures; if driving, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so, away from tall structures. If caught under debris following an earthquake, keep all movements to a minimum and cover your mouth to avoid inhaling dust. After a major earthquake, check buildings for damage, including downed power lines or damaged gas lines, and evacuate until the building is declared safe. Only use your telephone in case of urgency so as to leave communication lines open for emergency services.

 

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